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07 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds and funds of funds post broad based gains for May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Growth, Emerging Markets, Activist & Yield Alternative strategies lead May performance; HFRI Relative Value Index posts 9th consecutive gain, leading all strategies for 2014. Hedge funds posted gains across all main strategies in May, recovering from small
06 Jun. 2014 Activist hedge funds on the rise: Out-performance comes with higher volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by research firm Preqin found the hedge fund industry registered its highest number of activist hedge fund launches in 2013 as activism becomes more widely utilized. In terms of performance, activist
05 Jun. 2014 GFIA says funds of funds are dead as insourcing, MAPs and liquid alternatives take over – Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said funds of funds are dead as allocators are either insourcing those skills, or buying consulting or separate account management services. In its Research Insight r
05 Jun. 2014 V2 Capital reaches half billion in AUM, makes new hire [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: V2 Capital has surpassed half billion in AUM ($510 million), in its fundraising efforts through the end of May, according to sources familiar with the fund. The company is also bringing on a new head of business development. Kristin Scherer will join V2, to
05 Jun. 2014 One William Street Capital Management acquires Bedrock Capital Associates [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: One William Street Capital Management, L.P. has acquired Bedrock Capital Associates, a specialty finance firm focused exclusively on lending solutions for the commercial real estate brokerage community and owners of commercial real estate. One William Stree
05 Jun. 2014 Corporate pensions examine shifting allocations - KKR [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As a result of strong equity performance and rising interest rates in 2013, the funded status of many corporate pension plans has improved, and in some cases, plans are now fully or overfunded. In a
04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds average 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD), event driven, fixed income arbitrage strategies best performers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Morningstar MSCI Composite AW Hedge Fund Index gained 0.1% in April (+1.2% YTD, est.) compared to the S&P 500 which rose 0.7% while the small-cap Russell 2000 declined 3.9% in what was describe
04 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds gain in May as geopolitical tensions ease global financial markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted their best monthly gain last month since June 2012 as the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posted 0.9% positive performance in May (+0.92% YTD). According to
03 Jun. 2014 Blackstone makes strategic investment in Cloud Theory [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The New York-based investment and advisory firm Blackstone which manages $272bn announced it has made a strategic investment in Cloud Theory, a technology c
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds are cutting bets on common currency ahead of new ECB monetary rule [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Lyxor Asset Management said hedge funds are cutting position on the common currency ahead of the European Central Bank’s adoption of expansionary measures. Lyxor said in its newly-launched
03 Jun. 2014 Hedge funds make sizable position shifts - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds made a number of sizable position shifts over the week according to the latest
02 Jun. 2014 KKR closes equity hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global investment firm KKR & Co LP or Kohlberg Kravis Roberts said it would shut down its hedge fund that invests in stocks after making waves in 2010 when the firm poached a team of proprietary traders from investment b
30 May. 2014 Emerging Market hedge fund assets rise to record despite Russian losses [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds focused on investing in volatile Russia and Eastern Europe have posted steep losses year-to-date (YTD), with Russian equity, currency, sovereign bond and commodity markets declining sharply as a result of the crisis in Ukraine. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Euro
30 May. 2014 The Parker FX Index is down -0.70% in April (-1.50% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.70% return for the month of April. Thirty-four of the thirty-six programs in the Index reported April results, of which ten reported positive results, twenty-three incurr
30 May. 2014 Chicago hedge fund manager Neal Goyal charged with Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chicago-based investment fund manager Neal V. Goyal was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly stealing money from his investors and operating a Ponzi scheme. In a
29 May. 2014 500 largest hedge fund managers control 90% of industry assets [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The “$1bn Club” of the largest hedge fund managers represents just under 11% of the 4,621 active managers worldwide. New York is the undoubted home of this “$1bn Club”, with 174 of these firms headquartered there representing a total of $938bn in AUM. The May 2014 editi
29 May. 2014 North Street Global’s CEO Alex Mascioli announces acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North Street Global Fund Services, an alternative asset administrator, announced today that it has closed on its acquisition of Los Angeles based hedge fund administrator Hedge Solutions, Inc. North Street Global Fund Services COO, Joseph Musto, who co-headed
29 May. 2014 Mitsubishi UFC completes acquisition of Meridian Fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global asset administrator Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services announced it has completed acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group on 27 May. The deal
29 May. 2014 Alceda and Clark Capital launch tactical fixed income UCITS fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hamburg, Germany-based independent structuring specialist Alceda and independent investment advisory firm with over $2.8bn in AUM Clark Capital have par
28 May. 2014 DoubleLine signs on to CLO technology [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As the interest in CLOs continues unabated, Jeffrey Gundlach's $50+bn fixed income shop DoubLine Capital is signing on with Vichara's V*CLO platform for analysis of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) and their underlying collateral pools. CLO'
28 May. 2014 Hedge funds sell off equities [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have sold their S&P500 exposures to a net short, and increased their shorts on the Russell 2000 to the largest in two years according to the latest
27 May. 2014 Émergence selects Bluehive Capital for its 5th and last investment [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Emergence and NewAlpha Asset Management announce the fifth and final
27 May. 2014 Hedge funds are developing 'cheap’ smart beta products – Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are developing cheap smart beta products that imitate the performance of hedge funds without the huge fees, said consultancy firm Towers Watson. In fact, Towers Watson is developing its own smart beta products. Towers Watson was able to generate a
26 May. 2014 European 'smart beta’ allocations to reach $500.2bn within five years - Part 1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: 'Smart beta’ is another buzzword to hit the asset management industry over the past decades. Industry experts predicted allocations into European smart beta could reach $500.2bn (GBP 297bn) within the next five years from its current size of $131.4bn (GBP 78bn), sai
26 May. 2014 Hedge fund Toscafund buys 10% stake in Hoist Finance worth $37.1m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: London-based hedge fund manager Toscafund Asset Management bought a 10% stake in Stockholm-based debt purchaser and collector firm Hoist Finance, worth $37.1m (GBP 30m). A
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  1. Other Voices: Hedge fund marketing and the selling cycle[more]

    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. Investing - BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging, Nelson Peltz bets on General Electric Company and Mondelez International, Apple plummets to 4th place among hedge holdings, from No. 1, Top Q3 equity purchases and sales of top 50 hedge funds[more]

    BlackRock targets ETF investors with flexible currency hedging From BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, is changing course on exchange-traded funds that protect against currency volatility. After stressing the easy switch between hedged and unhedged ET

  3. BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  5. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega